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Security Bulletin: Docker based datastores for IBM Instana do not currently require authentication

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Docker based datastores for IBM Instana do not currently require authentication. Due to this, an attacker with network or system access to the datastores could interrogate the datastores with read/write privileges (CVE-2023-27290).

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2023-27290
DESCRIPTION:   Docker based datastores for IBM Instana do not currently require authentication. Due to this, an attacker within the network or on the system could access the datastores with read/write access.
CVSS Base score: 9.1
CVSS Temporal Score: See: for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product(s)Version(s)
IBM Observability with Instana

239-0 to 239-4
241-0 to 241-5
243-0 to 243-6
245-0 to 245-2




IBM strongly recommends addressing the vulnerability now.

Upgrading your Instana console:
Use your appropriate package manager command to update to a desired package version of Instana console.
See the following example for Ubuntu:
To get the latest version, run the command as follows:
  • sudo apt-get install instana-console

Workarounds and Mitigations


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The vulnerability was reported to IBM by Shahid Parvez (zippon) (

Change History

26 Apr 2023: CVE details, fix information, and affected releases updated
03 Mar 2023: Initial Publication

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Document Location


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Document Information

Modified date:
26 April 2023